Economists are warning that the hot dry weather will likely increase the cost of food. What’s new about that? Food prices go up constantly for one reason or another.
That is another reason that we rednecks have it better than most. First, we have no need for all those electronic gadgets. We enjoy simple foods, and we always have something eatable growing in the yard.
When I was a kid, we had a tractor man come around every spring to plow everybody’s backyard garden. I was so into this that my father had him plow a smaller plot for me to grow my own garden. I would lay off the rows, put in fertilizer, plant the seed, keep the weeds chopped out, then harvest the veggies as they ripen.
My contribution to the family food supply was rewarded by additions to my library. You see, I started reading and writing while I was still in grammar school. I still have Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books in my old books shelves out in the garage.
Today, my age and health make it difficult for me to grow a vegetable garden. So I have a collection of fruit, nut and berry plants in my yard. They produce a larger volume of food items for far less work.
For example, I am picking the last of the blueberries. I have been trading them with friends and neighbors for tomatoes, squash, okra and other vegetables. In addition, I have put at least five gallons of them in my freezer. I will have an abundance of blueberries for the next year.
I have a nice fig tree, a young pear tree, three kinds of apples, peaches, pecans, chestnuts, and several other eatables. All I have to do is keep them trimmed back, and pick the produce.
My yard provides me with a variety of foods. I have to buy less and have a more healthy diet. That saves me money.
I do not have any of those high priced electronic devices. I still have an old-type TV. All my kitchen devices are hand-operated, many of them left over from my parents’ days. I use a simple, inexpensive phone and drive a 15-year old pickup when I need to go somewhere, which is not that often.
I basically live a traditional redneck lifestyle. And I am doing well. I have plenty of books to read, a large collection of old records and tapes. I spend my time reading, writing and listening to music that was recorded when music was music. I have a limited income, but that is all I need.
Country rednecks typically live a simple, uncomplicated, low-cost lifestyle. We have a lot fewer headaches that way.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
Its the devil that made them do it or the boogeyman Mr Smith . Fear is a powerful tool is it not ? I agree with Mr Gillispie its about living with less and your basics nothing more. Its a good article.
I'm no redneck, but I sure have embraced the country lifestyle. I lived my whole life in Atlanta, raced around chasing career and money until I stopped and asked why? So at 59 years of age I came to Madison County where I could live so very simply and cheaply that I have time to contemplate the meaning of life, read books, have a garden and look at the stars that you can't see in Atlanta. The moonlight here is astonishing! Social Security, a little savings and a bit of parttime work is all I need now.
I love how neighbors trade and give away their garden produce. I'm delighted to be able to buy organic eggs, produce and grass-fed beef and lamb right here within a 10 mile radius. If things get really bad, I can learn to shoot me some venison, trap rabbits for stew and keep chickens to eat. I hope it never comes to that, though. I know how to skin and clean and cut up meat, but I just can't bring myself to kill an animal. I'll have to ask a good neighbor for that favor.
I lived my teen years in Athens,Ga but came home to Madison Countywhen I entered my twenties. Raised 4 children here and now live on land withgoats,horses and many dogs and cats. I love sitting on my front porch in my rocking chair. Would not trade Madison county or country living for any where else.